We're certain all of our readers are jumping for joy today, so it is fitting that our final busy season exercise involves jumping! Today's exercise is reprinted from The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough by Sean Foy. As an added bonus, every firm filling out the survey will be entered in a drawing to receive a copy of Foy's book to use as an office fitness reference. Twelve copies will be given away, courtesy of Workman Publishing.
Step 1: Stand tall with your back straight, your arms at your sides, your shoulders relaxed, and your feet positioned hip-width apart.
Step 2: Lean forward slightly and jump explosively up in the air while simultaneously throwing your arms in front of you up to shoulder level. While in the air, tuck your knees toward your chest (see picture).
Step 3: Straighten your legs and land on the balls of your feet so you can jump right back up again.
Repeat for 30 seconds.
Too hard? Tone it down. Move slower, don’t' jump as high, keep your hands on your hips, perform for a shorter period of time.
Too easy? Kick it up. Move faster, bring your knees closer to your chest when jumping, jump as high and as quickly as you can, throw your arms up higher and with greater force, perform the exercise for a longer period of time.
This exercise is reprinted from The 10-Minute Total Body Breakthrough by Sean Foy. This book provides a step-by-step fitness regimen that helps the reader develop a daily routine. In addition to providing a collection of 10-minute workouts that you can work into your day, the book offers motivational help, nutritional guidance, and 48 flip cards describing individual exercises that you can combine to design your ideal workout.